In recent years Wisconsin has famously produced the likes of Bon Iver, whose ethereal sound could only have been borne out of Justin Vernon’s isolation during the state’s glacial winters. Now, with debut LP WWYDF, Milwaukee-based producer duo Kiings are set to bring a little warmth to any dancefloor they touch. We have the exclusive stream of the album today on Best Fit.
Chris Siegel and Sean Foran have a knack for lightly applying electropop beats and layering them with silky synths. The wide variety of vocal contributions to the album allows the pair to showcase their versatile approach to production. “The West (Feat. Piper Davis)” is an effortlessly sleek downtempo pop cut with a mysterious air about it. Even at their most club-ready, Kiings manage to hint at something darker; the beat on “War” is simultaneously refined and raunchy, but never overblown.
There are faint echoes of Purity Ring on both the sublime “Exoskeletalove” and “The Time Will Come”. The former sees a sexy vocal by Siren paired with some lush syncopation, while the latter is punctuated by glossy sci-fi synths.
Speaking about the album, the band said: "This album has been a few good years in the making, and features a plethora of immaculate talent, including Rae Cassidy, Colin Plant, Christine Hoberg, Piper Davis, Bliss & alice, King Courteen, WebsterX, Christopher Porterfield, Milo (Rapsmith), Torrice Albarakat, Siren, & Pizzle."
WWYDF is mellow in the most enticing sense of the word. Kiings have taken the basic building blocks of a pop song and warped them into 11 polished and positively mesmerising tracks. Out today, check out the album streaming exclusively in its entirety below.